Yamaha Appoints Dave Gerhart as Product Manager, Percussion Instruments

Dave Gerhart has been appointed Product Manager of Percussion Instruments at Yamaha.

As noted in the Yamaha press release, “Dave brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and education to this position,” said Garth Gilman, general manager, Band & Orchestral Division, Yamaha Corporation of America. “As a music educator and performer, his background helps Yamaha further the goal of spreading the joys and benefits of music education and gives him the ability to talk shop with the most knowledgeable percussionists.”

Mike Miley one of 10 Best Rock Drummers in the World

Alumnus Mike Miley (Rival Sons) was named one of the “10 best rock drummers in the world right now” by musicradar.com 2014. They mention,”The Californian rockers dropped their fifth studio album, Great Western Valkryie, which took just five weeks to record in Nashville but earned them a five-star review in Rhythm for its sweet kit sounds and Mike Miley’s unquestionably huge groove.”

Karl? Back From 2nd 2014 Tour

Karl? returned from their second tour of 2014; seven shows between Long Beach and Sacramento between October 24 and Nov 2. They also recently performed at The Green Long Beach Event, Dia de los Verde. Karl? includes alumni Rebecca Lynn – Vocals, Violin; Daniel Chavez – Guitar, Vocals; Nic Gonzalez – Bass; and Michael Malinowski – Drums.

Mike Miley on The Late Show

Alumnus Mike Miley, drummer for Rival Sons, will be on The Late Show with David Letterman on Oct 9.

They are touring on the East Coast now and next month will tour through Europe November 9 to Dec 16. Stops include Paris, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Warsaw, Milan,Barcelona, London and more.

Their album “Great Western Valkyrie” is nominated in the category of Album of the Year from Classic Rock Magazine’s Rock Roll of Honor 2014.

Dave Gerhart and Steel Drum Program in Pan Magazine

Dave Gerhart and our Steel Drum program got a very nice mention in an interview with Andy Narrell in Pan Magazine: “I teach at a lot of universities, and there are a lot of good programs now. There are also some high school programs that are playing at a college level and are quite a shock to see. It’s amazing what you can do when you have kids an hour a day, five days a week, for four years. Cal State Long Beach is one of the good college programs; Dave Gerhart did a great job with the band, and I enjoyed playing with them, as well as with the Massive Band they put together with local programs.”

Michael Pettingale in 10,000th Show

The Green Army Men: Operation Playtime show in Disney’s California Adventure theme park, with alumnus Michael Pettingale, performed their 10,000th show. That made it the 2nd longest running show in California Adventure, after to Aladdin: The Musical.